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CA bans James Pattinson from Pakistan Test for ‘personal abuse’

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson was suspended on Sunday for player abuse, ruling him out of the first Test against Pakistan this week. The paceman was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia’s code of conduct during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland last week. It was not clear what he said, but the governing body […]

Shami stars as India crush Bangladesh in 1st Test

Pacer Mohammed Shami took four wickets as India crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs inside three days of the opening Test on Saturday. Bangladesh were bowled out for 213 in the final session in Indore after their gamble to bat first after backfired badly against the Indian pace attack. Shami’s fellow fast bowlers […]

Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned a former soldier convicted of murder and a Green Beret charged with killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker, defying warnings that the move would be an abuse of the powers afforded him under the US Constitution. Trump dismissed a second degree murder conviction against Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is six years […]

England win super over thriller to take NZ T20 series

In scenes reminiscent of the World Cup final four months ago, it took a super over to separate England and New Zealand in their Twenty20 series with England coming out on top in Auckland on Sunday. In the deciding fifth match, reduced to 11 overs per side because of rain, a four by Chris Jordan […]

Chahar shines as India beat Bangladesh, clinch T20I series 2-1

Paceman Deepak Chahar claimed the best-ever T20I bowling figures of six for seven as India clinched a 2-1 series triumph over Bangladesh with a 30-run win on Sunday. Chahar, a medium-pace bowler, finished the match with a hat-trick to bowl out Bangladesh for 144 in 19.2 overs while chasing 175 for victory in Nagpur. Chahar […]

Two dead, at least 100 homes lost in Australia bushfires

Sydney (AFP) – At least two people have died and 100 homes have been destroyed as an unprecedented number of bushfires tore through eastern Australia Saturday. New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian also said seven people were unaccounted for, as firefighters tried to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that have raged in the state since […]

Instagram test of hiding ‘likes’ spreading to US

San Francisco (AFP) – Instagram chief Adam Mosseri on Friday said that a test of hiding “likes” at the image and photo sharing social network will spread to the US. “Heads up! We’ve been testing making likes private on Instagram in a number of countries this year,” Mosseri said in a tweet. “We’re expanding those […]

Two Indian cricketers arrested in ‘spot-fixing’ scandal

Two former Indian Premier League players have been arrested for spot-fixing in a scandal-ridden regional tournament, police said Thursday. Wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested in Bangalore by a special unit investigating corruption and fixing in the Karnataka Premier League. Gautam, the 33-year-old former captain of Bellary Tuskers, and teammate Kazi allegedly accepted […]

IPL 2020 to introduce dedicated no-ball umpire

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to have dedicated officials for observing no-balls at next year’s lucrative Indian Premier League T20 tournament to cut down on umpiring howlers. This year’s edition of the cash-rich league witnessed several run-ins between players and officials with the standard of umpiring questioned. “We will […]

China gets into blockchain race with US

China has launched an ambitious effort to challenge the US dominance in blockchain technology, which it could use for everything from issuing digital money, to streamlining a raft of government services and tracking Communist Party loyalty. The technology received a crucial endorsement from President Xi Jinping last week, a signal that the government sees blockchain […]

Crypto-currencies and criminality: myth or reality?

The recent bust of a worldwide international paedophile ring using Bitcoin payments highlighted one of the key fears surrounding crypto-currencies — their use by criminals. Social networking giant Facebook is keen to get in on the act by launching a digital currency called Libra. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has aired his ongoing opposition […]

Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon released video and photos on Wednesday of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Among the images released by the Defense Department was grainy black-and-white footage of US troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern Syria where Baghdadi was […]

Turkey summons US envoy over ‘Armenian genocide’ recognition

ISTANBUL, Oct 30 — Turkey today summoned the US ambassador to Ankara over a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives officially recognising the “Armenian genocide”, officials at the Turkish foreign ministry said. The US Ambassador to Ankara David Satterfield was summoned to the foreign ministry over “a resolution that lacks any historical or […]

Lebanon government falls after two weeks of street pressure

Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday announced he was submitting the resignation of his government, bowing to nearly two weeks of unprecedented nationwide protests. Saad Hariri’s express and sombre televised address was met by cheers from crowds of protesters who have remained mobilised since October 17, crippling the country to press their demands. […]

BCB announce salary increase for cricketers

Cricketers in Bangladesh’s main domestic league will see match payments almost double under a new deal that ended a player strike last week, the sport’s ruling body said Monday. Players in the top-tier of the National Cricket League will receive 60,000 taka ($705) instead of 35,000 taka per four-day match, a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) […]